Biography

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Seth Kessel is a New York City-born, Brooklyn-bred traveling troubadour. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter and musician. While having a wide-spread professional music career with notable success, his focus lies in the interpretation of pre-1950’s American music, particularly jazz, folk, country, finger-picking blues and bluegrass. With an extensive repertoire and a deepseated knowledge of music, Seth is able to churn out his own creative spin and genre-fusing original works. Songs that seem all too relevant and brand new give a perfect blend of past, present and future. As a professional musician, Seth has toured the United States and Europe extensively playing original music on guitar, electric bass and vocals. Playing festivals at stadiums, concert halls and clubs. In New York City alone, he has had the pleasure of playing BB Kings in Times Square, the original main stage at the Knitting Factory, the original CBGB’s among hundreds of other bars and clubs.

In August 2011, Seth formed his main project, Seth Kessel and the Two Cent Band. a five-piece, genre-bending jazz band whose vast repertoire includes everything from Prohibition-era swing and gypsy jazz to a modern take on 1950s rock ‘n’ roll. The band is rounded out with vibrant horns (Gabriel Yonkler on tenor and soprano saxophone; Jackson Hardaker on trombone) and a nuanced rhythm section (Jason Bertone on upright bass; Yaeir Heber on drums and percussion). Live performances often incorporate special guests on fiddle, clarinet, mandolin, accordion, piano, and more. The band is based in Brooklyn but plays regularly both in and outside of New York City to a devoted fan base. In the Golden Days is their debut album released in October 2013.